Home » Southern Methodist University

MBA Office, P.O. Box 750333
Dallas, TX 75275-0333
p. (800) 472-3622
f. (214) 768-3956

Edwin L. Cox School of Business

Click a star & be the first to rate this school!


The Cox School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MS), Master of Science in Management (MSM) as well as a joint degree in law (JD/MBA) and arts administration (MA/MBA). Other programs include foreign exchange with 15 countries and internships. The strongest areas of study are accounting, finance, marketing, business strategy, and entrepreneurship. The most popular courses are Finance, Marketing, and Entrepreneurial Studies. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Sixty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 36 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Finance
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Decision Analysis
  • Managing Your Career
  • Managerial Communication Skills
  • Operations Management
  • Global Leadership Program

Required courses for the MSA include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Management Control Systems
  • Auditing I and II
  • Taxation I and II
  • Financial Accounting I and II Required courses for the MSM include: * Managerial Economics * Strategic Management * Managerial Statistics * Organizational Behavior * Corporate Entrepreneurship: Intrapreneuring * Managerial Accounting l * Management Decision Analysis * Strategic Human Resources Management * Managerial Finance * Marketing Management * Operations Management * Finance Theory and Practice * Operations Management Strategy * Analytic Methods for New Product Development

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring a maximum of 8 credit hours from another AACSB school.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 22 months; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2.5 years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 75 total full-time graduate business faculty; there are 30 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 40.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are management potential, maturity, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 336; 153 were accepted; 69 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.26; average GMAT score was 661. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by memberships in minority associations and management leadership for tomorrow.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 2 letters of recommendation, and 2 essays. The application deadline is April 15 for fall entry. Students are notified 8 weeks after the application deadline of the admissions decision. Check with the school for the latest acceptable test date for fall entry.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 75% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA is required. The application deadline is open for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $36,590 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,000; books and supplies, $2000; personal expenses, $5200; and other fees, $1431, for an estimated annual total of $55,221. Most students live off-campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Nineteen percent of a recent graduate business school class are enrolled full time; all had an average of 60 months of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Texas (49%). Twenty-five percent were women, 20% were minorities, and 22% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 28; ages ranged from 25 to 33. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 51%, business; 22%, engineering; 14%, social sciences; 7%, economics; 3%, liberal arts; and 3%, computer science. About 1% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 99% remain to receive their degree.

This website and its associated pages are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by this school.
StateUniversity.com has no official or unofficial affiliation with Edwin L. Cox School of Business.